4) Top prospect Brett Baty has position flexibility
While the solution to the Mets’ third base woes may not be on their current MLB roster, he may be in their farm system. New York’s top prospect Brett Baty seems poised to be a future star. The former first-round pick has (thankfully) also spent the majority of his amateur and professional career at 3B.
In the event of a trade, this could create a potential logjam at the position. This of course assumes Baty is not included as part of a package for Ramirez.
However, Baty has recently drawn attention for his work across positional lines. He has spent time and effort learning to hold his own as a future option in left field.
Some may argue that NY would be best suited to stick with Baty as their future at the position. And they may be right. However, at the very least, Baty’s work in the outfield makes targeting a player Ramirez a sensible option for the club to consider.
5) The price tag will be high
Many across baseball considered the Lindor blockbuster. tobe a clear steal for New York. Despite the shortstop’s inconsistency during his first season in blue and orange, it is clear that the Mets negotiated well in the deal.
Fans in Flushing should not make the mistake of believing that Ramirez would also come at a reduced rate. While it does make sense for a team like Cleveland to consider trading their star 29-year-old for a package of players that better fit their rebuilding timeline, they are under no pressure to rush a deal.
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It is reasonable to expect Cleveland to ask for a young MLB piece, as well as a package of prospects. Perhaps Steve Cohen and the new GM can negotiate a slightly lower price tag. But fans should be aware of the likely cost.